Every May, UCF hosts the Summer Faculty Development Institute (for many years, also called the Summer Conference) in the week following final exams. Full-time faculty members apply to attend workshops, at which they gather ideas to transform courses or programs. Two to three hundred faculty join colleagues from across the university to attend keynote and concurrent sessions, engage in hands-on workshops, and devote allocated time to their specific projects.
Usually, there are several Tracks to the Institute, each with unique themes, facilitators, and schedules. Many of the Tracks offer a combined application process, but others have their own application. Here are the 2023 Tracks:
- FCTL Track. This year’s theme: “Student Success”
- Florida Prison Education Project
- High-Impact Practices
- More Tracks will be announced later!
Each Track may have different expectations for delieverables and hours of effort required, as well as custom schedules for participation during the week.
There are several new elements in the FCTL Track at the 2023 Institute:
- Faculty no longer propose projects to work on. Instead, the application merely asks them to identify a problem statement that they would look to seek answers for at the Institute.
- Faculty do not work on projects in the afternoon. Instead, they return after lunch for additional workshops, roundtables, and town hall meetings after lunch.
- Per university guidelines regarding extra compensation, occasional attendance will be taken.
- The event now lasts three days instead of four.
- The event deliverable is a brief report on how the faculty intend to implement ideas they gathered at the Institute.
- Nine-month faculty who attend all sessions and complete the deliverable receive $500 (subject to normal withholding tax)